Bond Colts bring it home in 15-14 nail-biter against Easts

17 Mar

Colts.jpgBy Tom McKee, Bond University Journalism Student

The new-look Bond University premier Colts rugby side clung on to beat Easts Tigers 15-14 in a thrilling round one nail-biter last Saturday.

The boys delivered an outstanding display of rugby for the home crowd as they beat the side that defeated them in a preseason trial match earlier in the year.

The scoring opened with winger Michael Marshall crossing in the left corner after a stellar pass from big-name centre recruit Dylan Riley.

Number eight Lachie Currie later pounced on a loose ball and charged through the Easts defence for Bond’s second try.

A strong breeze put the strain on flyhalf Hamish Stewart’s kicking game, and both first-half tries remained unconverted, leaving the score at 10-nil in favour of Bond at half time.

Easts came out hard after the break, a converted try quickly putting seven points on the Bond boys and narrowing their lead to just three points.

Bond hit back almost straight away, however, with another ball from Riley putting fullback Hayden Sargeant into space, who raced away to take the score to 15-7.

A late converted try by Easts put the pressure on the local boys and narrowed their lead to one point.

They couldn’t break Bond’s defence again, however, and the local lads repeatedly weathered Easts’ attacks to take out the opening match of the season.

Colts head coach Brad Harris was pleased with his boys’ performance.

“We’re pretty happy, obviously, to get a win in the first game,” he said.

“We created a lot of pressure on their attack through our defensive line speed and completion.

“We were pretty clinical and we got some opportunity in attack, which was really pleasing.”

However, Mr Harris also conceded that there were deficiencies in his side’s performance that would need to be addressed.

“At 10-nil I thought we had the run of the game at half time, but we came out after half time and made some errors when we had the football.

“We compounded that with some poor discipline, which enabled them to get a lot of field position and pressure and led them to create some opportunity and get a couple of tries.

“That was the most disappointing thing.”

Overall, though, Mr Harris was full of praise for the effort that the side put in.

“Credit to the boys,” he said.

“I thought that the fitness work that we’ve put in in the preseason really showed through in that we were able to make repeat tackles for a sustained amount of time and that’s ultimately what won us the game.”

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